This post relates to an article written for JobMob entitiled Tricky Job Interview Questions and Answers. It’s the $5K Guest Blogging Contest . Go and take a look and then come back and read the rest of the post (it makes no sense otherwise )
Sarah, our esteemed editor suggested I write an article and enter in the annual competition at JobMob. I did a lot of surfing through their pages, reading other entries and thinking rather carefully about what I could blog about. However, after a couple of days I noticed that there was only space for another few entrants so, had to put procrastination aside, sit down and write something.
A lot’s been going on in my life recently, and writing has been on the back burner, even for my own HR blog. But putting pen to paper and getting head out of the clouds I decided on a slightly off the wall post on bizarre interview questions and how to answer them.
Now I am NOT suggesting that these questions are the norm nor that they are politically correct.
It was more about raising awareness about what potential employers are looking for and how not to be surprised if you have to think on your feet and answer some crazy questions.
[pullquote] How would you rate your life on a scale of 1 to 10? [/pullquote]
There are some employers out there that ignore HR advice and are oblivious to recriminations about fairness and equality. So they ask random questions that they consider to be ‘smart’ and creative.
Of course, if you are out at the pub and were to ask your close knit circle of friends to describe their desk to you, I am sure you would get some diverse answers. All revealing different characteristics [perhaps] about their working style. But to be friends with you, do they need to be neat, tidy and well organised?
Interviews are just part of a recruitment process, and asking questions is one way to understand whether or not someone has the ability, motivation and knowledge to do the role. Chucking in a random question to attempt to derail a candidate may be a way in checking their stress levels, ability to think on their feet and their assertiveness in throwing the question back to the interviewer.
There is after all no harm in responding with “Can you clarify your question as I am not sure what you are asking?”
If you are faced with a challenging question, another suggestion would be to process the response out loud so that the interviewer can see how you are resolving the issue.
I’m not saying I approve of tricky questions as after all, I would recommend using a psychometric assessment in addition to the interview process to support the evidence gathered and to ensure that the right candidate was appropriately hired. However, the article is written slightly tongue in cheek with a view to getting comments and raising awareness.
Meanwhile – do you remember the Silly Job Interview, Monty Python sketch?
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